A newspaper in Greece has sensationally claimed that the prominent government minister’s wife was the subject of a classic 1990s pop song. The woman in question is Danae Stratou, she’s the wife of Greece’s finance minister, Yanis Varousfakis. The song in question is Pulp’s 1996 mega-hit “Common People.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cocker Always Said that The Song Was About a Greek Girl
The Athens Voice reports that Danae Stratou met Pulp’s lead singer Jarvis Cocker while they were both students at St. Martins College of Art Design in London. She attended the school between 1983 and 1988. Cocker had previously told Brit-music bible the New Music Express that the song was about a Greek girl he met at the school. He added later that the girl told him that she “wanted to move to Hackney and live like ‘the common people.'”
2. She’s Based in Austin
According to her Twitter page, that since graduating from St. Martins, Stratou has gone on to forge a successful career as an artist. Her page says that she based between Austin, Texas, and Athens, Greece. Along with her husband, she founded an non-profit group to support young artists called Vital Space.
3. Her Husband Is a Hero to the ‘Common People’
Like some “Common People,” Straou’s husband, Yanis Varoufakis, is a key player in Greece’s radical left wing Syriza party. The group famously don’t wear ties as part of their solidarity with “Common People.”
4. Her Mother Is Considered a ‘Living Legend’ in Greece
Danae Stratou’s father was a millionaire Greek industrialist. Her mother, Eleni Potaga-Stratou, is a sculptor and according to the Greek Reporter “is considered a living legend of contemporary Greek art.” Stratou’s father is Phaedon Catsambas, whose own-father, Stamoulis, founded the Piraiki – Patraiki textile company in Greece.
5. Cocker Compared Her to Something Out of ‘Natural Born Killers’
An entire BBC documentary was dedicated to finding the inspiration for Common People. Pulp’s singer Jarvis Cocker contributed to the song and said that he thought the girl was studying sculpture at the school. He said in the show that the inspiration for the song had been the fact that “slumming” was dominating popular culture at the time. He said “It seemed to be in the air, that kind of patronising social voyeurism… I felt that of Parklife, for example, or Natural Born Killers – there is that noble savage notion. But if you walk round a council estate, there’s plenty of savagery and not much nobility going on.”
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